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April 30, 2014

Employee opens fire at FedEx sorting center

KENNESAW, Ga. — A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest “like Rambo” opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before apparently committing suicide, police and witnesses said.

In addition to a shotgun, the gunman also had an undisclosed number of Molotov cocktails, but he did not use them, police said.

The shooter, who was not publicly identified, was found dead inside. He worked as a package handler at the facility, Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

Investigators have an idea of what his motive may have been, but they were not prepared to disclose it yet, Pierce said.

Three of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition, including two who were in surgery with life-threatening injuries.

The gunman first shot a security guard at a shack outside the building before heading inside, Pierce said.

The two people in surgery were a 28-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman. The third critical victim was a 22-year-old man, said Dr. Michael Nitzken of Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

Another man, 38, remained at the hospital but was stable. Two other victims — a 42-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man — were treated and released.

The FBI and other agencies were working to collect evidence at the package center in Kennesaw.

The facility about 25 miles north of Atlanta sorts packages and loads them onto vehicles for delivery.

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